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The CGMA Finance Leadership is offered in one, two and three year subscription options. Subscriptions range from one to three full year programs to allow each candidate the necessary time to complete the program.


If you already have the education and experience that allow you to start a more advanced program level, the one year subscription plan may give you enough time to earn your CGMA designation.  


The two and three year subscription plans are a good choice if you need more time to complete the CGMA Finance Leadership Program and start at the lower levels. 


All subscription options include all of the learning tools that you need to earn the CGMA designation.  Regardless of where you start, you will have access to all the those learning tools and frameworks featured in the program. Each subscription plan includes access to exam review materials for each the case study exams, the actual CGMA Case Study Exam fees and one free retake per exam within the subscription period. 


These subscription plans also includes your membership dues for the AICPA as a CGMA Associate Member based on the length of your plan. If you need more time to complete the CGMA Finance Leadership Program, you can always renew your initial subscription.


For current subscription plans and pricing, please visit our subscription plans page.

You have a choice of subscription plans to the CGMA Finance Leadership Program, so you can choose the plan that works best for you.
 

Subscription plans include:
 

  • Access to the CGMA Finance Leadership Program
  • Two (2) credits toward each of the required CGMA Case Study Exams
  • Preparation resources for each of the required CGMA Case Study Exams
  • Membership in the AICPA as a CGMA Associate Member

As a CPA, you must be an AICPA regular member and you must pass the Strategic Case Study Exam to earn the CGMA designation. There are several one year subscription options that were created specifically for CPAs.
 

For current subscription plans and pricing for CPAs, please visit our CPA subscription plans page.

For AICPA members who have passed the CGMA exam and meet the practical experience requirements, the final step in becoming a CGMA designation holder is to submit the application and pay the respective designation fee.
 

For the latest information on AICPA annual membership and designation fees, please visit the AICPA membership dues page.

If you have received a voucher from your employer, then you are ready to register for the CGMA Finance Leadership Program. During the registration process, you will have the opportunity to indicate that you are registering with a Program Voucher and enter the code provided to you by your employer. The voucher code validates your payment for the authorized subscription plan.

If, for any reason, you are unable to continue with the CGMA Finance Leadership Program, you are eligible for a refund within the first 30 days of your registration. Please contact our Member Service team at 888-777-7077 or email TeamCGMA@aicpa-cima.com. There are no refunds available for the CGMA Finance Leadership Program after the first 30 days; your subscription will remain active until it expires.

To extend or renew your CGMA Finance Leadership Program subscription, simply go to your MyCGMA account on cgma.org and purchase another period of access to the program.
 

When you extend your subscription, the next subscription  period will start the first day after your current subscription end date.
 

You can extend your subscription anytime within 6 months of the expiration date.

If you reach the end date of your program subscription and it is not renewed, you will lose access to the CGMA Finance Leadership Program. You will not be able to either schedule or sit for a case study exam if your subscription has expired. You can, however, extend or renew your subscription.
 

Once you extend or renew your subscription, your membership is reactivated allowing you to access the learning  from where you left off. You will also regain the ability to schedule and sit for a case study exam.

Membership is required to both study to become a CGMA and to maintain your CGMA designation. CGMA Associate Membership is included in your subscription package when you register for the CGMA Finance Leadership Program. Once you have earned the designation, you will only pay for the CGMA Associate Membership. The annual membership fee is $395/year.

AICPA members with CGMA Associate membership who have completed the CGMA Finance Leadership Program and earned the designation pay a $395 annual fee.
 

AICPA members who are CPAs and have Regular membership will pay their usual annual membership renewal dues, plus the fee to maintain the CGMA designation. For the latest information on AICPA annual membership and designation fees, please visit the AICPA membership dues page.

When you register for the CGMA Finance Leadership Program, you become a CGMA Associate Member. Your annual membership dues are included in the CGMA Finance Leadership Program subscription plan. After your subscription expires, your membership dues will be billed on an annual basis, based on the anniversary date of your registration.
 

If you are a CPA and maintain Regular membership with the AICPA, you will renew your CGMA designation along with your annual AICPA membership renewal.

As an individual customer you will pay for the CGMA during the registration process. We currently accept payments via credit card (Visa, MasterCard, and American Express) and PayPal.